Ultimate Boy Band Playlist
05/29/2012 AT 04:00 PM EDT
The fivesome – Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – were originally solo contestants for the U.K.'s X Factor, and it wasn't until judge Nicole Scherzinger suggested that they team up was One Direction born. They lost the competition – but Simon Cowell promptly signed them to his Syco record label. Following a well-received performance on Saturday Night Live, and drawing nearly 15,000 fans to their Today show appearance, the new British invasion are preparing for their headlining U.S. summer tour.
Don't know if you're Team Harry or Team Niall? Check out "What Makes You Beautiful," "Up All Night" and more hits from 1D – and listen to your favorite guilty pleasure songs from their boy band predecessors.